Congratulations to Matthew Graham '14, who worked on an amicus brief that was filed today in the California Second Appellate District, Division 8, in the case of Velasquez v. Centrome Inc. dba Advanced Biotech. Graham worked with Professor Ryan Abbott on the brief, with assistance from alumna Patricia Rosman '11 and Professor Michael Epstein, Director of the Amicus Project. 

This is the first brief filed in the California courts through Southwestern's Amicus Project. In it, the court is being asked to consider whether the probative value of Petitioner Valasquez's status as an illegal alien is substantially outweighed by its prejudicial effect when Petitioner is suing for medical expenses in order to receive a lung transplant.

 "Matt Graham and Professor Abbott prepared a brief that examines prevailing laws, policies and protocols used nationally and internationally for organ transplants, concluding that Valasquez should have been able to recover damages so that he could receive his lung transplant," Professor Epstein said. "The presiding judge must still accept the filing, but it still a great achievement for our student and Professor Abbott."

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